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Bleach for ringworm, ring worm

Bleach is very good at killing the fungus that is causing the problem. Simply dab the affected are with a cotton ball that has been mistuned with bleach twice a day. The bleach should not burn you, however do look for any allergic reaction. Reports are that the ringworm will be gone in as quick as 2 days.

The following was sent in by Nick

You decide on the strength of the bleach you use. You need to be responsible. Below are some guidelines

Fast treatment (1-2 Days)
100% Bleach
- Burning
- Scars

Quick treatment (2-4 Days)
- 50% Bleach
- 50% Warm Water

Normal Treatment (3-6 Days)
- 2 Cups Water
- 1/3 Cup Bleach

Safe, Slow Treatment (1 Week+)
- 3 Cups Water
- 1/3 Cup Bleach


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BLEACH - Works but may give you a chemical burn Comments By: FungusAmongus on 2008-04-14
After close to 5 days of using Neosporin AF, and not having any result, I had enough. I turned to a diluted bleach mixture as a last resort. Within seconds of applying a Clorox and water mixture(2 parts water, 1 part bleach)to my spots the burning sensation was quite powerful. It did not give me a serious chemical burn but I could see how someone more sensitive could burn themselves quite badly. In the end, I am pretty sure the bleach did the job; killing the patches I had completely. After applying the Clorox mixture two times within one day my patches became very irritated and you could tell the fungus was dying. I would recommend this to someone who has no problem with self-inflicting a chemical burn.
Currently using Bleach for scalp Ringworm Comments By: MatGrappler on 2008-04-15
It has been 3 days since I used 1/6 clorox and water mixture. I dab it on with a Q-Tip cotton swab. I hold it on the worse part of the ring for 30 sec and lightly spread the rest over the affected area. I let it dry for about 3 minutes and rinse off with water. I do this twice a day, hopefully for less than a week.

So far after 3 days, its only a little burned, meaning slightly darker than before, but NO ringworm in sight, I repeat, NO Ringworm in sight. If you don't believe, regardless of your faith in bleach, this will work. Bottom line.

Great for prevention of recurrent ringworm Comments By: Sue on 2008-04-21
I used bleach diluted with shower gel, I simply used it in place of my regular shower gel. I was in constant contact with infected animals and this method got rid of the ringworm and stopped further outbreaks.

If you keep getting it, maybe you don't realize how much you really need to DECONTAMINATE EVERYTHING that comes in contact with the infected area. Ringworm can live on wood and linen for aaages. Using bleach regularly until ringworm is gone is all that works.

Oh also be sure it is ringworm. Other skin conditions can take on the typical ringworm shape. And if you bleach it you could make it way worse.

Also alot of people mention scarring, I got scars from the ringworm itself. Not bleach. I wouldn't recommend burning yourself, I dont' think it's necessary. Depends how desperate you are, might speed things up.

Just tried it. Comments By: T on 2008-05-11
i just tried it. not sure if i did it right. hopefully it works. it does burn but its a good sensation knowing theres hope that it might be gone! what i did was put bleach on cotton. applied it to area. let it sit for 1-2 minute. damp a napkin with water and wiped the area i applied bleach to. i will be back to update OR i could be in the hospital hahaha.
these itchy thingz Comments By: Damikeea on 2008-05-05
ive just applied the bleach...and yea itz a slight burning sensation hopefully itz killing all the germs....ihave one on my arm and i c another one trying to form on the lower part of my other arm thatz just something i cant have.... these thangz look very disgusting and itz now hot outside so i cant cover them up...so i have to get rid of it as soon as possible they just came outta know where...i will check bacc in and let you know my updates.....
Not as expected (See Dermatologist) Comments By: MatGrappler on 2008-05-07
it has been a couple of weeks since I tried bleach for scalp ringworm. I tried it for a complete 2 weeks and although it does cure the symptoms quickly, they come back as fast as they left. I really think everyone should see a dermatologist at any sight of scalp ringworm. If you catch your symptoms in early stages, you can get rid of it faster by going to a dermatologist.

They will prescribe Ketoconazole 2% shampoo and Ketoconazole Topical cream to control the outer scalp fungus growth. However, in ALL cases, that will not fully kill the scalp ringworm. Only oral medications will be effective at this point.

The 2 most popular are Griseofulvin and Lamisil Tablets (not to be confused with the over the counter cream). Even these medications should be taken with caution, be sure to ask your doctor more about these medications and make sure you don't have any liver problems.

Finally, bleach only works as a temporary solution, but like anything else, it may be harmful if used for too long. Besides, it really does not kill the fungus completely. Get proper help and see your dermatologist as soon as you can. Scalp ringworm can be defeated, but not with bleach alone.

It may seem like it fully works at first, but it will come back as soon as you stop, and that's not healthy in the long run. It had me fooled at first too, but I am now seeking professional help.

In the past week, I had taken Griseofulvin (prescribed by dermatologist) for 4 days and found that it was causing very bad back and kidney cramps. I took a CBC (complete blood count) and LFT (Liver function test) to see if my liver is alright. After stopping the medication, my kidneys and liver feel good again.

I will come back and report what my dermatologist prescribes now that Griseofulvin might not be the medication for me.

Good luck everyone, and remember to kill scalp ringworm as soon as possible, its better for you and your loved ones in the long run.

ring worm on butt Comments By: bob on 2008-05-07
i got ring worm on my butt and i cant get read of it, so i tried beach. burns but not that bad. its has been on there for 20 min,and it does look better. i will get back to you in 1 day.
ring worm on butt Comments By: bob on 2008-05-07
i got ring worm on my butt and i cant get read of it, so i tried beach. burns but not that bad. its has been on there for 20 min,and it does look better. i will get back to you in 1 day.
Just tried it. Comments By: T on 2008-05-11
i just tried it. not sure if i did it right. hopefully it works. it does burn but its a good sensation knowing theres hope that it might be gone! what i did was put bleach on cotton. applied it to area. let it sit for 1-2 minute. damp a napkin with water and wiped the area i applied bleach to. i will be back to update OR i could be in the hospital hahaha.
Dermatologist Update Comments By: MatGrappler on 2008-05-14
My results of the CBC and LFT along with Comprehensive Metabolic panel came back with great results. It appears that most of the cramps and pain from the Griseofulvin was caused by my multi-vitamins interaction with the medication. In rare cases, multi-vitamins will increase liver function and cause a few problems with Griseofulvin or Lamisil tablets. I have been back on Griseofulvin for 4 days since I stopped taking them and I feel much better than before. Minimal back cramps and no trouble sleeping. Griseofulvin took the scalp itch away in 3 days and its clearing up fast. The medication however, must be taken for 6-8 weeks, in my case, 6 weeks. If its not taken for the entire course, the scalp ringworm may come back. Along with Ketoconazole shampoo and cream, the systemic approach is best for scalp ringworm removal.

I have done some research and despite some of the negative side effects of Lamisil tablets, I think it might be a better first line defense against scalp ringworm. As scalp ringworm has little defense against Lamisil and it seems to have a better medication time, from 4-6 weeks as opposed to 6-8 weeks with griseofulvin.

In either case, if you suspect you have scalp ringworm, and believe me, the incredible itching sensation will be like no other when it comes to the scalp itch. Immediately go see a dermatologist. If you run into a good dermatologist, he or she will look at it and quickly determine if Lamisil or Griseofulvin would be right for you.

If you're like me, skeptical about doctors and dermatologist, at least with ringworm, there is a simple cure with the right medication. Don't hesitate, and go get checked out, its worth it. I am so glad I went and got more out of it than not going. At least my itch is gone, the scalp is clearing up and I know my liver is in great shape.

Nothing to lose my friends.

Lamisil Tablets for Scalp Ringworm works best for most Comments By: MatGrappler on 2008-05-20
After lots of research and first hand experience, Griseofulvin is most certainly outdated. No doubt, Griseofulvin might still be better for microsporum canis (scalp ringworm contracted from animals). Over 90% of scalp ringworm among adults and children is not infected by animals. Meaning, 90% of the time, it will be contracted by another person. This is good news, because its much easier to get rid of.

Take note, Griseofulvin will most likely have a higher rate of failure over newer antifungal medication. Through experience, I switched from Griseofulvin to Lamisil 250mg tablets. So far, the benefits far outweigh the side effects, especially versus Griseofulvin. With Griseofulvin, you can't be in the sun for too long, must be taken with fatty foods and medication time is between 6-10 weeks and up to 3 times a day. With Lamisil, sun light is fine, taken with or without food, and its one pill, once a day for 4-6 weeks depending on your scalp ringworm severity.

Perhaps Lamisil might not be right for you, so ask your dermatologist. As for me, I have felt not a single side effect, and the scalp ringworm has cleared up significantly, as does the itch. With Griseofulvin, the infection came back even after a full week of medication.

Just some info on experience, as always, ask your dermatologist what's best, however, make sure you ask why Griseofulvin is better and why Lamisil is better. Your dermatologist might not give you a straight answer, but its more than likely that a good hearted dermatologist will prescribe Lamisil over Griseofulvin hands down. Despite the fact that Lamisil is labeled for toenail fungus, its still more than effective against scalp ringworm infection.

Take care all, and make sure you research and study all your medications, side effects and benefits before you see a dermatologist, so they will see that you are not in the dark and quite knowledgeable.

Knowledge is power.

im trying bleach Comments By: bailey on 2008-05-21
well ive had ring worm for a while and i had gotten it once and it went away for a year then came back well i looked on here and the bleach thing im tyring it and it makes it a little redder at frist then it kinda fades it out so yea well ill let tall know how its going--o and it makes your skin softer.... the bleach does :) so ..o and im okay with the scaring ..ive got enought of those..it looks like a rough guys been in my body breaking it lol
Bleach is the only thing that worked Comments By: Kristie on 2008-05-21
I had the most persistent case of ringworm on my face for two whole months. The ringworm had spread to about 2.5 inches in diameter on my left cheek (I'm not joking) and about 1 inch in diameter on my forehead. Nothing was working, I tried Lamisil, all of the prescription creams, vinegar soaked pennies, and nail polish. I didn't ever leave my house and I was crying all the time. I was hesitant to try the bleach because I have dark skin that scars easily. I finally tried the bleach, using a q-tip to dab it on repeatedly until it burned like hell. It turned the skin into a dark scab pretty quickly, but it killed the ringworm too. I had to do this for about a week in conjunction with the ringworm cream because it would spread outside of the area I had killed it with the bleach. My face was covered in two huge black hard scabs for a couple of days until they peeled off and left pink skin underneath. I used the cream and made my doctor prescribe me three pills of Diflucan. Finally it was all gone, and I could cover it with makeup. Well it's been about four months and I am ringworm free except for two small faint marks which are 100 times better than ringworm .
Help Comments By: Beth on 2008-05-26
I have been suffering with what looks like ringworm for almost 8 weeks. I have been to the skin dr. twice and used two different creams. I finally tried the bleach. Used it for two days, burned horribly and it is very red and still there. Help...
is it a ring worm Comments By: shane on 2008-06-02
i Have a ring worm i think on my arm it is like a ring it is red and yellow around it is it a ring worm? HOPE IT ISN'T :(
Scalp ringworm Comments By: 111 on 2008-06-03

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